Clayoquot Energy OVERVIEW

Solar: The new Cedar Corners development in Tofino will include photovoltaic cells for energy production and will hopefully become the first commercial establishment to sell power back into the BC Hydro grid.

Geothermal: Pacific Sands Resort in Tofino plans to use a geothermal heat system to provide heating, cooling and hot water to its new 55 unit development slated for completion in 2004.

Biodiesel: A source of green power that has received some attention in Clayoquot Sound is biodiesel, an alternative automobile fuel. Tofino Bus has been researching the viability of switching to a dual fuel system that will allow it to utilize 'green fuel' for at least part of its fuel requirements. Biodiesel is an alternative fuel, produced from domestic, renewable resources. It contains no petroleum, but can be blended at any level with petroleum diesel to create a biodiesel blend. Biodiesel can be used in compression-ignition (diesel) engines with little or no modifications.

Micro-hydro: For small and micro hydro developments, 1 MW of installed capacity will supply enough power for about 550 homes - more than enough, for example, to power the new residential development proposed by Ahousaht for Flores Island.